WHO scrambles to unravel the mutant coronavirus mystery It takes time to understand
Date 26 Nov 2021 time 18:31
WHO discusses COVID-19 strain B.1.1.529 to understand and set guidelines for dealing with mutants
Reuters reported that today (Nov. 26) at about 6:00 p.m. Thailand time. WHO calls a special meeting to assess the situation of the COVID-19 epidemic New species B.1.1.529 first found in Botswana, Africa.
Amid growing concerns the virus has been found to have as many as 50 mutations, more than the now heavily prevalent Delta strain. Moreover, more than 30 mutations were found to occur in the spike protein, which is essential for the virus’s ability to enter human cells. There is concern that the mutation could result in the virus being able to evade immunity from vaccines.
WHO held a meeting to understand and set guidelines for dealing with mutants It will also consider whether it should be designated as a variant of interest or a variant of concern, and will make further recommendations to the respective governments at a later date.
It is expected to take a few weeks to understand the impact of COVID-19 strain B.1.1.529, with researchers working to determine the transmission of the virus. The effects on treatments and vaccines will then be studied.
WHO warns countries not to Express travel restrictions Rather, it recommends that measures be risk-based and science-based. After many countries have announced strict restrictions on cross-border travel because of fears the virus will spread into the country.
Several countries in Europe and Asia have stepped up tougher measures for cross-border travel. by the European Union united kingdom and India announced strict border controls.
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